Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) government mandates may affect your next trip to Hawaii or Florida. To help you stay informed, we’ve prepared a summary of the current government requirements below.
STATE OF HAWAII
Anyone planning a trip to Hawaii, including traveling between the Hawaiian Islands, should review current State of Hawaii and County government guidance as this information changes frequently and may vary from island to island. Please note that should your travels include visiting more than one island during your time in Hawaii, there are separate inter-island travel quarantine requirements which may require additional testing.
All individuals, both residents and visitors, arriving from out-of-state to Hawaii are subject to a mandatory 10-day self-quarantine. However, Hawaii has made it easier for fully vaccinated travelers to visit. While the Safe Travels program continues to remain in place, testing is no longer required for passengers arriving in the islands who are fully vaccinated. Here is what the state mandates for travelers now:
TRAVELERS WHO ARE FULLY VACCINATED
The relaxation of testing requirements for fully vaccinated Americans went into effect on July 8th. Starting the 15th day after the completion of their vaccination, all passengers over the age of 18 who were fully vaccinated in the United States, or a territory of the United States, and who are coming to Hawaii nonstop from the mainland United States can upload their vaccination records to the Safe Travels program. Vaccine records digitally validated by a Digital Health Pass Partner will also be accepted. Alternatively, passengers can bring a hard copy of their record to show when arriving in Hawaii. Travelers who were fully vaccinated in Hawaii were already eligible for this exception.
Hawaii-bound travelers should:
- Upload one of three vaccination documents to their Safe Travels Hawaii account, prior to traveling to Hawaii.
- One of the following documents must be uploaded:
- A CDC COVID-19 Vaccination Record Card
- VAMS (Vaccination Administration Management System) printout OR
- DOD DD Form 2766C The Safe Travels digital platform is now allowing vaccine document uploads for trips arriving in Hawaii on July 8 and beyond.
- Sign the online legal attestations on Safe Travels Hawaii, confirming the uploaded documentation is true and accurate.
- Bring a hard copy of their vaccination documentation to show screeners at the gate prior to boarding and/or upon arrival in Hawaii. Screeners will review/verify the vaccination documents, match photo IDs, name and DOB as well as confirm that the attestations are signed.
TRAVELERS WHO ARE NOT FULLY VACCINATED
Beginning July 8, unvaccinated travelers must either take a pre-travel COVID-19 test and upload negative results to Safe Travels prior to departure or complete a mandatory 10-day quarantine. For those who are not fully vaccinated, Hawaii still has a pre-travel testing requirement to bypass quarantine. Passengers must provide proof of a negative test result before boarding their first departure. The test has to have been taken from a Trusted Testing and Travel Partner no more than 72 hours before the final leg of the trip to Hawaii. The negative test result must be uploaded to the Safe Travels program. Anyone who is neither vaccinated nor provides a negative test result will be required to quarantine upon arrival.
TRUSTED TESTING PARTNERS
Travelers who are not fulling vaccinated but wish to bypass the 10-day mandatory quarantine must have their negative COVID-19 test results - from a trusted testing partner - prior to departure for the State of Hawaii. The program requires passengers five and older to take a Nucleic Acid Amplification Test (NAAT) from a Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments (CLIA) certified laboratory within 72 hours from the final leg of departure and produce a negative result. Only test results from trusted testing partners approved by the Hawaii Department of Health are being accepted. A trained professional must observe all tests. Registration instructions and costs can be found at the partners’ websites. Travelers heading to Hawaii must upload their negative test result to the Safe Travels system prior to departure or, as an alternative to uploading, bring a hard copy of their negative test result with them when boarding their flight. The State of Hawaii highly recommends that all transpacific travelers departing for Hawaii carry a hard copy of their negative test result as a backup.
IMPORTANT: Test results will not be accepted once a traveler arrives in Hawaii. Travelers who do not have a negative test result prior to departing for Hawaii must self-quarantine for 10 days, without exception. Post-arrival testing and results will also not be accepted once a traveler has arrived in Hawaii. In addition to the pre-travel test, a county may require travelers five and older to obtain a subsequent test after arrival. This post-arrival test will be administered by the county. Be sure to check with the individual county websites for the latest information.
As of June 15, all passengers who are not in quarantine are free to travel between islands without restriction. This means there are no pre-travel testing or other requirements needed for travel between the Hawaiian Islands.
If you are traveling internationally, from July 15th, travelers from the Philippines and those coming from South Korea’s Incheon International Airport (ICN) can bypass the 10-day quarantine with a negative test result from a trusted testing partner taken no earlier than 72 hours before departure. This will also meet the requirements for entry into the United States.
SPECIAL INSTRUCTIONS FOR CHILDREN UNDER FIVE
Children under 5 years old are not required to test and will not be quarantined if traveling with an adult who has a pre-travel test exception or a vaccination exception. Children 5 years and older who have not been vaccinated must participate in the Pre-Travel Testing Program and test with a Trusted Testing Partner to bypass the mandatory 10-day quarantine.
SPECIAL INSTRUCTIONS FOR TRAVELERS WHO HAVE RECOVERED FROM COVID-19
There is a Hawaii travel quarantine exemption for people who have tested positive for Covid-19 and recovered. To be considered for this exemption, you must complete an application before you travel, and upload 1) a copy of your positive Covid-19 test result, and 2) a signed letter from your medical provider. Applications are usually processed by the Hawaii Department of the Attorney General within 48 to 72 hours, but the department notes that processing times can vary depending on volume, completeness, and thoroughness of your application. For more information about travel exemptions, visit the website for the Hawaii Department of the Attorney General. To apply for an exemption, click here.
Travelers required to quarantine can expect modified services. Upon check-in at an Aqua-Aston Hospitality managed hotel or resort:
- Visitors subject to the quarantine mandate will be asked to sign an acknowledgement form, and they will be provided with a single-use key to their guest room.
- Any guest subject to the mandatory 10-day self-quarantine period will be required to remain in their guest room during the quarantine period, and they are only permitted to leave the guest room for medical emergencies or to seek medical care.
- Further, any such guest is not permitted to have any visitors in their guest room, other than a physician or healthcare provider, during the quarantine period.
- As host, Aqua-Aston Hospitality employees are required by law to report any guest who violates the terms of their self-quarantine to authorities, without a first warning.
Due to a government order, face coverings are required inside at hotels and resorts for all Owners and guests. This excludes guest rooms but includes common and public areas inside. Please note that, based on government order, any medical exemptions to the face covering requirement must be issued by a licensed medical doctor, doctor of osteopathy or advanced practice registered nurse, but should not specify the medical condition that precludes the wearing of a face covering. Please visit the links below for official information on the mandatory restrictions including facial covering requirements, etc.
VEHICLE RENTALS AND CAR SHARING
Operations that provide vehicles may not rent or provide car sharing services to any person who is subject to a 10-day self-quarantine order unless an exemption is granted.
For more details and information on important travel restrictions, please visit the Hawaii Tourism Authority COVID-19 updates page.
STATE OF FLORIDA
- Residents and visitors are advised to wear face coverings if social distancing is not possible.
- Refrain from gatherings of more than 10 people.
- Avoid crowds, closed spaces and close contact.
For information about rules in place for state parks, restaurants, and other facilities check Plan for Florida’s Recovery.
For information about the latest information on communities, attractions and other activities and their status, check Visit Florida.